Thursday, June 12, 2008

10:46 PM

PC Show 2008

This is the goodness knows how many times I have been to the quad-annually computer fair. Not that I dowan to use IT show or PC show as the name, but they actually refer to these names at a certain time of the year. The one held in March is called IT show and the one in December is Sitex.

So I went after our Econs class with 5 of the 0713 dudes with Jun Hong joining us quite late.

As usual, there are many tech stuff there and the chance to see my dream gadgets up close. Remember the Lenovo Thinkpad X300 review I did almost 2 months ago? Sadly, the T61p was not brought in, too costly perhaps.

The X300 showcased for the first time in a fair! Its price is $4799.

Hong Hao enlisted my help in choosing a laptop for work and play purposes. Our final choice was the $1999 Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 with NVidia Geforce 8600 256MB Discrete VRAM. We bargained and the salesman agreed to throw in 1GB more of RAM bringing it to 3GB.

Actually I used to not like Lenovo line of notebooks with exception to the Thinkpad product line. I guess its probably due to the negative perception of "yet another product from a Chinese company". Historically, I recommended the HP/Compaq brand for their supposed reliability if one cannot afford the IBM Thinkpad series. Now, not so sure liao.

But now with the outsourcing of products, all the brands in the market are actually made by only one or two Original Equipment Manufacturers in CHINA. All that is different is the brand name etched ("slapped" for the cheap ones) on the product. The specs of this laptop and the longer warranty period sealed the deal over the other similarly-priced Compaq model we were comparing with.

The salesman adding the 1GB RAM.

Bootup! BIOS showing 3072MB=3GB RAM.


This was what I bought. A $11 bluetooth adapter and a $38 4GB Sandisk Cruzer Titanium. I have been wanting to get the adapter for many years now. All the time either I forgot to bring money or can't be bothered when I had the cash. Now I can easily transfer my phone pictures without fumbling with my data cable.

Then why the flash drive? If you recall I lost my 1GB flash drive in late March, and I was pathetically left with only my data-cable dependent handphone and MP3 player as my only means of carrying data around. Thats not counting the trouble in taking out their memory cards and inserting them into my Mobilemate reader.

I didn't expect for the 4GB price to plummet so fast and the 1GB and 2Gb versions to be obsolete so quickly. I remembered the first time I purchased my 128MB Imation Swivel flash drive, it was close to $60. It cost $55 for my lost 1GB Cruzer Titanium. Now its $38 for a 4Gb version. The speed at which technology obsoletes itself is simply breathtaking!

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